Councillors in Cornwall have backed a motion for full debates if any public funds are committed to work connected to the proposed 10,000-seat Stadium for Cornwall project near Truro.
Cornwall Council has denied it plans to use taxpayers’ money, but concerns were raised about possible requests for loans, guarantees or infrastructure costs. A motion calling for all 123 councillors to debate public money use, not just the cabinet, was passed.
The motion said members supported the development of a Stadium for Cornwall as a “private sector-led project”, but it also recommended that, if the council received a request for financial support, “the principle of providing such support be debated by full council”.
The stadium has outline planning permission at Threemilestone. The local authority said at the beginning of March – when publishing the official stadium plan on its website – that no recommendations had been made on public funding and the stadium remained a private sector-led project.